Lessons From 9/11 We Need To Learn

Rant Warning: Just yesterday, I committed to not being reactive and this entry is more reactive than I want to be but frankly I am stirred up. I have been inspired by the two young people walking for peace from San Francisco to DC who made it to their destination yesterday. They must have stories to tell. Check www.marchforpeace.info. While all the news is focused on the Iraq hearings, 9/11 and Bin Laden videos, that always seem to appear right on time, there are many people out there doing what they can to ask real questions in search of the truth which seems to be hard to find these days.

Why we need to remember 9/11 is because it shows that there are people out there in the world that are hurting and sick of heart and mind. They can be helped. The world came to support us after that horrible day and for a moment we all seemed connected. Together we could have figured out a solution to these wayward brothers and sisters. Instead the leaders saw it as an opportunity to return to their old ways and seek out and destroy. The old unenlightened approach of an eye for an eye, ego against ego doesn’t work anymore. As Gandhi said this only makes everyone blind. Yes the blindness is everywhere especially in DC where the PR General is rationalizing the insanity with his testimony and the Senators appear concerned but will again vote to continue the funding of this war that never needed to happen.

This is all a reflection of us. Have we gone asleep at the wheel? Have we gotten to busy to govern? Have we given up our power to decide for the illusion of safety? Have we said ok take our rights away, spy on us, imprison whomever you want, but just keep the bad guys away? Have we gotten so small in our own view of self that we feel we have no power? Have we allowed the corporate sponsors of the war to profit so we can have greater stock returns? Have you not noticed that opposition is being oppressed? I just don’t understand why this war is still going on when the polls say most Americans want out of Iraq. If most of us want out then why are we not making it happen?

Ok fine, I will cool my jets and see this with less emotional reaction. We are at one of those crossroads where humanity either steps forward and evolves or falls back from fear. Yes you and I can choose to be awake and in our power or we give it away because we don’t want it or are too afraid? The choices are not always clear because the barrage of spin is complicated and successful at creating confusion and doubt. The heart however knows the truth and is steady when the mind dances about the misinformation looking for a solid place to land. Please listen inward to the knowing of the heart and the higher wisdom contained in you. You will know what to do.

I think that people want peace so much that one of these days government had better get out of their way and let them have it.
Dwight D. Eisenhower

Peace cannot be achieved through violence, it can only be attained through understanding.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

An eye for eye only ends up making the whole world blind.
Mohandas Gandhi

Yes, we love peace, but we are not willing to take wounds for it, as we are for war.
John Andrew Holmes

It isn't enough to talk about peace. One must believe in it. And it isn't enough to believe in it. One must work at it.
Eleanor Roosevelt

If we have no peace, it is because we have forgotten that we belong to each other.
Mother Teresa

Let’s join together and make peace an effort we share together, with open minds and ready hearts. Look in the mirror and see the power of peace that is contained in the sparkle of your eyes and the glow of compassion within and in unity with all citizens of the Earth.